ANU law and medical students unite for Uqbar Medico Legal Moot
Welcome to Uqbar, a futuristic, liquid-democratic Utopian society where corporations are married to the natural world. The Whole Earth Charter ensures politics and jurisprudence are eco-centric, but trouble is brewing at the Uqbar General Hospital where notorious administrator, Dr Jack Veronsky, stands accused of poisoning locals after spraying a nearby meadow with organophosphate-rich insecticide.
As part of their Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights (LAWS4219) studies, law and medical students at ANU have collaborated for the past 20 years to explore problems like the above at the annual Uqbar Medico Legal Moot. Held at the ACT Supreme Court before a bench comprising Justice Michael Elkaim, Associate Justice Verity McWilliam and Professor Thomas Faunce, this year's moot was another dynamic example of experiential learning. Students assume roles of counsel and expert witnesses, critically thinking about the development of moral and bioethical arguments related to the development of health law.